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Matthew Welton

Matthew Welton is the author of The Book of Matthew (Carcanet, 2003), which won the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, and 'We needed coffee but...' (Carcanet, 2009). His third book, The Number Poems, is forthcoming in September 2016. He is a Lecturer in Writing and Creativity at the University of Nottingham.

Van der Kerkhoff

It matters how some afternoons late into spring / the voices round the café tables lift and fall / like sea birds or low winds, and a smudge of orange light / / plays slowly through the window; and it matters how / the houses along the yellow ocean, drifting out / of darkness as the day assembles over the hills, / / seem, kind of, to draw quietly backward from the beach; / and, also, in the months between the summers, with / the weather in the zeros and the starch-colour cloud / ...

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Hey, hey

Think of it as the rubber ball we’ve hidden / in the fruit bowl. Think of it as sludgy coffee. / Think of it like it’s a bunch of balloons. / / Imagine it’s the voices on the recordings / we deleted. Think of it as the empty roads / you see from the empty train. / / Think of it as the lull between your morning / at the typewriter and the hour you spend rehearsing / what you’ll say you did with the cash. / / Think of it as silty coffee. Imagine it as / telephone talk. It...

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